Carrying the prestigious title of the capital of the United States, Washington DC is home to many of the country’s treasured monuments, memorials and buildings. However, right alongside these impressive structures is Washington’s dynamic food scene. Bursting with creative cafes, lively restaurants and good old fashioned eateries, it seems Washington has embraced a culture of feasting. From American staples to the sweetest of treats, Washington DC will delight foodies of all ages.
Here is our list of top spots in Washington DC to satisfy those hunger pains.
Ben's Chilli Bowl
The original Ben’s Chili Bowl opened in Washington DC on August 22, 1958. Today, some 55 years later, this lively restaurant has become an iconic landmark, featuring the same retro booths and stools and using the same secret recipe for their fresh homemade chilli. Over the years, Ben’s has become a popular hangout for celebrities, including Bill Cosby and even President Barack Obama. Their signature dish is the Bill Cosby Original Chili Half Smoke, a favourite of the Hollywood star since the early 1960’s. This dog is made with a quarter pound half pork and beef smoked sausage on a warm steamed bun, topped with mustard, onions and Ben’s spicy homemade chili sauce.
Good Stuff Eatery
Committed to freshness, fellowship and friendliness, the Good Stuff Eatery celebrates true American fare. This is the place to go to enjoy handmade burgers, hand cut fries and hand spun ice cream shakes. The restaurant’s farmhouse burgers are served with red tomatoes, onion, crisp lettuce and pickles topped with a spoonful of Good Stuff Sauce, on a freshly baked Pennsylvania Dutch bun. However it’s the signature shakes that keep people talking, in particular the popular Toasted Marshmallow Shake. This creamy drink combines the taste of campfire s’mores with custard, a hint of sour cream and vanilla, finished off with a delicious charred marshmallow. Other milkshakes flavours on the menu include the Milky Way Melt, Salty Caramel Kiss and Vietnamese Coffee.
Opened in late 2008, the Founding Farmers have already established themselves as a multiple award-winning restaurant. Passionate about farm fresh food, the restaurant uses only quality ingredients sourced from farms, ranches and fisheries across the country. Set in a funky farmhouse just three blocks west of the White House, this is where you can enjoy soups, sandwiches, burgers, salads, hot dogs and savoury tarts. The desserts are made daily from scratch, while the buttermilk pancakes with whipped farm butter are perfect for a breakfast treat. For a little appetizer, try the popcorn of the day. Only two dollars a bowl, your freshly popped kernels may be dusted with rosemary and parmesan or drizzled with butter. The signature dish to try is the Southern Pan Fried Chicken with Waffles.
Baked and Wired
The Baked and Wired café prides itself in creating quality handcrafted baked goods. Here you’ll find a delightful selection of cakes, breads, cupcakes, pies, cookies and brownies with good coffee too. The freshly baked pies are a treat while the rich chocolate flavour of their Plain Jane brownie is the perfect pick me up. The cupcakes or cakecups as they prefer to call them are a crowd favourite, from Carrot Cake to Dirty Chai Tea Latte. Even Elvis has his own flavour, only for diehard fans – banana cake topped with peanut butter frosting, drizzled with chocolate, finished with candied bacon. If you’re more of a cookie sort, try the Monster Cookie, with peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips, m&m’s, walnuts and no flour – perfect.
This Neapolitan Pizzeria is often touted for having the best pizza in the district. 2 Amys specialises in authentic Italian Neapolitan Pizza made to the exact specifications of the Italian government. Your traditional pizza will be cooked in a wood oven to achieve a tasty base that bubbles on the edges with the just the right amount of char. The Margherita is one of the most popular dishes with a smattering of red tomatoes, real buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil. 2 Amys also has a variety of tempting snacks and sweets to try, such as the potato and prosciutto croquettes or the chocolate hazelnut cake with whipped cream.